Preview to 2018 Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Show at Morisset Showground

THE Morisset Lake Macquarie Agricultural Show has been reduced from three days to two this weekend, promising a busier program of events at Morisset Showground.

“This year will see our best program yet,” show president Justin Rumore said.

“The show has been reduced from three days to two to ensure a fun-filled, action-packed family weekend.”

The program offers a mix of traditional show crowd-pleasers such as wood chopping and various animal and food contests, with some new attractions such as a flyball demonstration and a horsemanship trick show by Kate Clancy.

“All the old favourites are back,” Mr Rumore said.

“On both days there will be live entertainment, the very popular kids animal nursery, a large horse program, art, craft, cooking. horticulture and photography exhibits, displays from the police, SES, fire brigade a marine rescue, trade stands, stalls, carnival and pony rides, food stalls, show bags and a walk through history featuring photos from the Morisset Historical Society.”

Saturday will also feature the cattle and poultry showing, and the 2018 Show Girl will be crowned at 1.30pm.

Wood chopping at the 2017 Morisset Show

Mr Rumore said a “new and improved” rodeo program from 5.30pm on Saturday would be a highlight of the show.

A bigger prize pool had attracted a bigger field, and more of the best cowboys in the state, he said.

“Last year, people didn’t know what to expect with our first rodeo,” Mr Rumore said.

“But we’ve upped the money this year, and already we’ve had 1½ times as many entries. We could have upwards of 100 to 150 competitors on the night.

“We have entries from all over the Lower Hunter, and from Nabiac and Cooma… the cowboys are coming from everywhere.”

Competitors in the open bull ride would be competing for $1000, he said.

A crowd of around 4000 was estimated to have attended last year’s rodeo – the first time the show ran into the night. A bigger crowd is tipped on Saturday night, Mr Rumore said.

Last year, the show endured temperatures of 46 degrees, which also affected the crowd numbers, he said. Temperatures of around 29 degrees are forecast for this weekend.

The rodeo will be followed by fireworks.

Sunday’s program will include goats, the dog groomers’ shoot-out, wood chopping, a free pet show, and finals of the wife carrying competition featuring Morisset couple Adam Cullen and Tylee Robinson, the 2017 Oak Australian Wife Carrying Championship winners who will represent Australia at the world titles in Finland this year.

The show in recent years